Library Art Programs for Big Kids Ages 7-12
Programs are hands-on and last 90 minutes, including a PowerPoint presentation and time to create with expert guidance. Maximum 30. All handouts and materials are provided. Scroll down to see what’s currently being offered or request your idea for a program here.
iREAD Summer 2019: It’s Showtime!
It’s Showtime! Paint Your Favorite Movie Character
Practice drawing some of your favorite movie characters, like Trolls, Minions and Jack Jack from The Incredibles. Then choose your favorite to draw on watercolor paper and paint using watercolor pencils under Christine’s guidance.
It’s Showtime! Harry Potter Illustrations: A Drawing Workshop
Beginners are welcome as we explore imagery from the beloved books that became blockbuster movies. We’ll study some of the chapter heading illustrations from the books. Christine will teach you easy drawing techniques to capture the magic as you create your own small copy.
CSLP Summer 2019 Theme: Space
Galaxy Animals: An Outer Space Painting Workshop
Choose your favorite animal, real or imaginary, to draw on watercolor paper, either free hand or using one of the provided printouts. You’ll transfer the outline to watercolor paper, then Christine will teach you how to paint a galaxy pattern inside of your animal.
Multicultural and Art History Programs
How to Draw Mexican Sugar Skulls
Join us for this fun multicultural program. We'll learn about the sacred Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos and some of the cheerfully creepy artwork that comes with it. Then we'll make our own drawings inspired by colorful sugar skull candies.
Henna Hand Paintings
Come learn about henna hand designs of India. You'll practice sketching popular henna motifs and then paint your own hands using washable water color pencils. A fun multicultural program!
Draw, Paint, Go! An Art Workshop
Learn about artist Keith Haring and his signature high energy style. Practice drawing symbols of people in motion and outline with permanent marker. Then add color to your finished piece by painting with watercolor pencils. (Please note, this is a 60 minute program.)
Dreamtime: Australian Dot Paintings
Learn about the Australian Aboriginal tradition of telling creation stories through symbolic paintings, called “dreaming”. Then use collage and tempera paint to create your own “Dreamtime” art. A fun multicultural program!
Painting Programs for Any Time
Dinosaurs: A Painting Workshop
First we'll practice drawing different types of dinosaurs all together. Then choose which one to turn into a painting using watercolor pencils under Christine's step-by-step guidance.
Cats: A Painting Workshop
First we'll practice drawing cats in different poses all together under Christine's step by step guidance. Then you'll choose your favorite to draw and paint with watercolor pencils, adding your own unique ideas and creativity.
Night Owls: A Painting Workshop
First you'll draw an owl on watercolor paper under Christine's step by step guidance. Then you'll learn to paint with watercolor pencils, bringing your owl to life with colors of your choice.
Butterflies: A Painting Workshop
Celebrate the season and express your creativity with this fun painting workshop. First we'll draw a butterfly on watercolor paper from photo reference. Then learn to use watercolor pencils under Christine's guidance to add vibrant color to your painting.
Chicago Team Logos: A Painting Workshop
Celebrate your favorite Chicago team with this fun painting workshop. We'll talk about how sports logos are designed. Then you'll choose your favorite team logo, learn to transfer a drawing to watercolor paper, outline with sharpies, and add color with watercolor pencils.
Paint to the Rhythm
Join us for this fun art program and get into the creative groove of abstract painting. Christine will teach techniques for painting to the rhythm of music using watercolor pencils. You’ll leave with a small finished painting.
"How to Draw" Programs
How to Draw Realistic Faces (Ages 9+)
If you like drawing faces and want to improve your skills, this class is for you. Working in pencil, we'll learn about proportion and placement of features, how to draw hair, shading and more.
How to Draw Robots
In this drawing class, you are the inventor! First you’ll practice drawing a robot step-by-step with Christine. Then you’ll draw the robot of your choice, either using worksheets for guidance or entirely from your own imagination.
How to Draw Pokémon
Learn to draw Pokémon characters with art teacher Christine Thornton. We'll draw all together following a step-by-step process. Then draw whichever Pokémon you want, with lots of worksheets and Christine's help to guide you.
How to Draw Minecraft Characters
Improve your art skills by learning to draw Minecraft characters. We'll draw Steve and Creeper in 3D perspective all together following a step-by-step process. Then use your creativity to draw whatever Minecraft stuff you want!
Minecraft Selfies: A Collage Workshop
Art teacher Christine Thornton will teach you how to make a Minecraft-themed portrait. We'll use scissors, paper and glue to simulate pixels and capture your unique look. Portraits can be selfies, a character from Minecraft, or whoever you'd like!
Seasonal Doodling Programs
Tangled Flowers: A Doodling Workshop
Flowers and Zentangle will be the inspiration in this drawing workshop. First you'll free hand draw or trace a flower design to decorate and color following Christine's step-by-step instructions. Then learn coloring tips for improving your colored pencil techniques that you can put to use any time.
Tangled Butterflies: A Doodling Workshop
Butterflies and Zentangle will be the inspiration in this drawing workshop. First you will free hand draw or trace a butterfly to decorate and color following Christine's step-by-step instructions. Then learn coloring tips for improving your colored pencil techniques that you can put to use any time.
Tangled Fall Leaves: A Doodling Workshop
Autumn leaves and Zentangle will be the inspiration in this drawing workshop. First you'll free hand draw or trace a leaf design to decorate and color following Christine's step-by-step instructions. Then learn coloring tips for improving your colored pencil techniques that you can put to use any time.
Tangled Snowflakes: A Doodling Workshop
Zentangle is a popular form of doodling that's fun and relaxing... and produces amazing results. Come learn about tangling and make a beautiful snowflake drawing with Christine's guidance and your own creativity.
Tangled Valentine Hearts: A Doodling Workshop
Zentangle is a popular form of doodling that's fun and relaxing... and produces amazing results. Come learn about tangling and make a beautiful Valentine with Christine's guidance and your own creativity. Can be made into a card, given as a gift, or kept for yourself!